23 will be chosen from this list, before knowing the three finalists
First step to the Ballon d'Or ceremony on January 11. FIFA internally published a first list of 59 players that could end up being finalists. Seven of these are Barcelona players: the favorite, Leo Messi; Andrés Iniesta, Luis Suárez, Ivan Rakitic, Claudio Bravo, Neymar and Javier Mascherano.
In this list, published in Mundo Deportivo, we find these other players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, David Alaba, Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo, Eden Hazard, Thomas Müller; Africans Touré Yaya, André Ayew, Wilfried Bony or Christian Atsu; or former Barcelona players like Alexis Sánchez and Giovani dos Santos. We also find Spaniards Sergio Ramos, Álvaro Morata, Diego Costa and David de Gea, the former Sevilla player Carlos Bacca and the Frenchmen Antoine Griezzman or Karim Benzema.
Barcelona and Madrid are the most represented teams, with 7 players each. From these footballers, the list of 23 will be elaborated, from which the three finalists will be chosen. The list will be published on December.
Here you have the full 59 list: